2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday 5 March at the Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has taken place every year since it first began in 1978.
Each year, for 44 years, nothing has stopped us from gathering to celebrate together, to call for change and to remember those who came before us.
In 2022, despite the great uncertainty of what March will look like for us, we will honour our commitment to continuing the legacy of delivering a Parade for the community.
The Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday 5th March at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The SCG gives us the best chance for the Parade to proceed safely, no matter the COVID situation next year.
The safety and health of our communities is always our paramount concern. The Parade brings together people from across Australia, regional and remote areas, young and old and we have a duty of care and responsibility to make sure we can provide the safest environment for all.
Our team is working hard to bring you a vibrant festival for February and March. We look forward to revealing our full program of fabulous events in November.
- Why the SCG?
The SCG is one of the safest venues for us to stage the event and meet requirements of physical distancing and contact tracing, two significant COVID Safe operational requirements of NSW Health.
- Why is it not possible to stage the parade along Oxford Street?
Our priority with planning the 2022 Parade was ensuring we can once again deliver a safe event. Despite some restrictions starting to ease, there’s still uncertainty of what March is going to look like for us. We can't guarantee that in the next few months things will be back to normal and we can safely have hundreds of thousands of spectators on the streets.
Physical distancing, double vaccinations and contact tracing will likely be essential for major events to proceed next year and we’ve had to factor this into our planning. Unlike operating a traditional Mardi Gras Parade on Oxford Street, the SCG has the infrastructure available to best manage the safety of our communities.
The Parade is too important to risk having to cancel. So right now, when decisions need to be made, the SGC is the best option for us to guarentee that we can come together to keep the spirit of Mardi Gras' history of protest and celebration shining bright.
- Is the SCG a new permanent home for the Parade?
No, we plan on returning to Oxford Street, the home and heart of Mardi Gras, for its 45th anniversary in 2023 as a feature of Sydney WorldPride, the first WorldPride held in the southern hemisphere.
- WILL I NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THE PARADE?
Yes, double vaccinations will be a requirement for all events and for all ticketholders, artists, participants, volunteers and staff unless you have a medical exemption.
Mardi Gras is for everyone. It brings together 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds. We have a duty of care and responsibility to make sure we can provide the safest environment for all.
You can read more about COVID-Safety and the 2022 Mardi Gras Festival on our COVID FAQs page.
- WHY IS THE PARADE TICKETED?
The small price for general admission tickets will help cover the significant costs of operating a COVID-Safe event in this format.
- HOW CAN I BOOK TICKETS TO THE PARADE?
- Tickets to the Parade and other festival events will go on sale on 15 November. Concession rates will be available. If you would like to join the waitlist, see here.
- WHAT TICKET BENEFITS ARE THERE FOR MARDI GRAS MEMBERS?
Mardi Gras members, 78ers and lifetime members will receive two complimentary tickets to the Parade and in November will receive more information on how to redeem these tickets.
- ARE THERE ANY INITIATIVES FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP TO ACCESS TICKETS?
A hardship ballot with 3,000 free Parade tickets has been set up to support those who are experiencing financial strain and cannot afford a ticket to Parade. Applications for the hardship ballot open on 15 November.
- WILL THE PARADE BE TICKETED IN THE FUTURE?
No. When the Parade returns to Oxford Street it will not be ticketed.
- IS THE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL HAPPENING IN 2022?
The Mardi Gras Festival will make a grand return next year from 18 February – 6 March 2022.
Next year’s Festival will feature a packed program of events spanning theatre, visual arts, parties, community gatherings, panel discussions and more.
The full festival program will feature a host of beloved events as well as some new surprises to be announced in November.
- CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT THE PARADE?
Absolutely! It takes an army to host an event like Mardi Gras, and we would love all the help we can get. Applications for volunteer opportunities are open, see here.
- HOW CAN I APPLY TO BE PART OF THE PARADE?
Expressions of interest to be part of the Parade are now open. You can apply here.
- Is there a family friendly viewing area?
Yes, to be seated in the Parade Family Zone please select tickets from ‘A Reserve - Family Friendly’ on the Ticketek event page and it will choose seats that are located within this area.
- IS FAIR DAY HAPPENING IN 2022?
Yes. Sydney’s most vibrant free LGBTQI+ community event is returning to the picturesque Victoria Park on Sunday 20 February 2022 for an all-day rainbow adventure for the whole family.
You can find more information here.
- IS THE PARTY HAPPENING IN 2022?
Yes. The official Mardi Gras Party returns on Saturday 5 March 2022. Join us and thousands of old and new friends as we take over the Hordern Pavilion, Max Watt’s, Watsons and Entertainment Quarter surrounds.
Tickets available here.